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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dec 22, 2014 6:50 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas' attorney general says the state will receive more than $230,000 after reaching a settlement involving "mobile cramming" allegations against mobile communicatio...
Dec 22, 2014 5:13 pm
RUSSELLVILLE A.J. Anglin has been selected as interim vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.
Dec 22, 2014 5:11 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Quapaw Quarter Association has purchased the historic 1853 William E. Woodruff House in Little Rock.
Dec 22, 2014 5:05 pm
The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved a bid to replace a bridge in Pulaski County, officials announced Monday.
Dec 22, 2014 4:44 pm
A College Station man told police that a man who had earlier robbed him shot at him while he was driving, authorities said.
Dec 22, 2014 4:26 pm
Little Rock's The Root Cafe has $25,000 to put toward expanding its size and hours after winning a vote that capped its appearance on a cable television show.
Dec 22, 2014 3:47 pm
Neal Barnard, a physician, clinic researcher and expert on dietary intervention, will give two public talks in January in Little Rock on the relationship between plant-based nutrition and its effects ...
Dec 22, 2014 3:03 pm
A fire at Forest Place Apartments on Monday morning caused $300,000 worth of damage, Little Rock Fire Department said.
Dec 22, 2014 9:44 am
The police officer and the deputy entered the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center just a few minutes before 8 p.m. on March 22, and a group of boys playing cards around a table scattered.
Dec 22, 2014 9:16 am
A development opportunity is in the works for city-owned property along the Arkansas River in North Little Rock that city officials have envisioned for years as a viable spot for riverfront residences...
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